Swirls and Scraps Quilt
Remember this quilt? Since the construction of that quilt is very loose and improvisational, it was created using less than the required fabric quantities. And honestly, I probably over-bought because I probably had a coupon or something. With the extra fabric I created a quilt for the sole purpose of trying out some of the tips in the Angela Walters Free Motion Quilting book. Yes, her book is THAT good that you’ll want to make something just to try what she suggests. I love the designs, the way they are explained and the ease of mixing fills.
For my quilt, I went modern, of course. I used grey, aqua, red, and dark grey- just like the original workshop quilt. I also had lots of negative space to fill. I wanted to practice one motif at a time, instead of mixing the fills. I need to practice more before I can go willy-nilly mixing things. =) I did technically use two fills, but they don’t touch or mix in with each other.
The bold stripe section is all quilted in a squared-off type design and the rest of the quilt is all those stacked swirls. There are mistakes, but I can live with it. After all, those are my first-ever swirls… all chunky and lumpy and huge like big ole cinnamon rolls…. mmmm…. cinnamon rolls…..
In the above pictures you can see the diamond backing fabric. I’m still trying to work down my stash of great fabrics purchased while I lived in Korea. Those diamonds are from that stash.
The quilt will be bound in red. It measures about 50″ square. Not too big, but not too small either.
Practice practice practice. Hopefully after our move to San Antonio I can get more quilting done.
I cannot wait to try some of the other designs from Angela’s book. If you don’t own it, and you are remotely interested in free motion quilting, go buy it!!!